Sudan passes law on southern separation vote

Abyei will vote on whether to join the south or not and the law outlining that referendum is due before parliament later on Tuesday.

Sudan passes law on southern separation vote

The Sudanese parliament Tuesday adopted a law paving the way for separation of the country.

The law allows a 2011 referendum on southern independence Tuesday after northern and southern leaders struck a deal on a disputed article.

The new version of the law approved by MPs includes a provision demanded by southern politicians that requires diaspora southerners to cast their ballots in the south.

Analysts fear that the referendum in January 2011 will almost inevitably lead to southern Sudan voting to separate from the north.

The north-south border, along which many of Sudan's oil fields lie, has still not been drawn and oil-rich Abyei's status, as well as that of two other central states, is still not clear.

Abyei will vote on whether to join the south or not and the law outlining that referendum is due before parliament later on Tuesday.

Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan states are to hold "popular consultations" on their status and the SPLM wants parliament to pass that law before it ends its session on Wednesday.


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